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Monday, August 26 2019 @ 02:15 am EDT

Hearing in Arquímedes Saéz Extortion Case Postponed

CorruptionThe absence of one of the defendants, Carlos Smith, led to the suspension of the hearing that was scheduled for former prosecutor Arquímedes Saéz for the crime of extortion. The judge in the case issued an order to have Smith picked up, but the police have been unable to find him. Smith's attorney, Alex Rios also failed to attend the hearing. But Carlos Smith was not the only person who was absent. Miguel Zambrano, who was allegedly blackmailed by the former prosecutor and Smith, also failed to attend. The hearing was rescheduled for 29 June 2010 by the Second Circuit Criminal Court. Former Attorney General Ana Matilde Gomez ordered the wiretapping of Arquímedes Saéz during the investigation of this case to determine his involvement. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: One of the goofy things about the Panamanian justice system is that almost nobody goes to the first scheduled hearing. The judges always schedule a primary date and an alternate date at the same time. And, the actual hearing almost always takes place on the alternate date. It's weird, it's inefficient, but that's simply what happens, and that's why the victim didn't bother to show up either, because he knew the defendants were going to blow it off.

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